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How the Pentagon paid a British PR firm $500 million for top secret Iraq propaganda by Crofton Black and Abigail Fielding-Smith at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism

The draping of the Stars and Stripes over Saddam's face did not do the US's reputation any favours and came to be seen as an own goal. PR firms were contracted to come up with more sophisticated messaging. Photo by Gilles Bassignac/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images The draping of the Stars and Stripes over Saddam’s face did not do the US’s reputation any favours and came to be seen as an own goal. PR firms were contracted to come up with more sophisticated messaging.
Photo by Gilles Bassignac/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

A controversial foreign PR firm known for representing unsavory characters was paid millions by the Pentagon to create fake terrorist videos.

The Pentagon gave a controversial UK PR firm over half a billion dollars to run a top secret propaganda program in Iraq, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism can reveal.

Bell Pottinger’s output included short TV segments made in the style of Arabic news networks and fake insurgent videos which could be used to track the people who…

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